Still from CCTV footage reported as showing a ghost

The famed CCTV ghost

‘Skeletor’ is the name that was given to a ghostly figure who appeared on a CCTV camera at Hampton Court Palace in winter 2003.

Skeletor's old haunts 

Near to Clock Court, Hampton Court Palace

On three consecutive days, palace security staff were called to close one particular fire door near the palace's Introductory Exhibition. 

On the first day, CCTV footage showed the doors flying wide open with great force but there was nothing to reveal why.

On the second day, the same thing happened but this time a ghostly-looking figure in period dress suddenly appeared on the screen and closed the doors.

The doors opened again on the third day but there was no further sign of the ghostly doorkeeper.

Strange... but true?

Is there any evidence to support the stories?

Spotted by a visitor

It wasn’t just security staff who thought they were seeing things. A visitor wrote in the palace’s visitor book on the second day that she too thought she had seen a ghost in that area.

Celebrity phantom

CCTV footage of the figure caught the attention of the world’s media, with reports in newspapers and on TV and radio as far a field as India, Australia and Peru!

Spook speak...

‘I know many members of staff who don’t like working in the exhibition area after dark.

Maybe it’s because of what they’ve read about Skeletor…’

State Apartment Warder Ian Franklin

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